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RBC Tries to Jumpstart RIA Custody Business with New Platform

RBC Tries to Jumpstart RIA Custody Business with New Platform

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Industry Analysis, Technology

The asset gap between the Big 4 RIA Custodians and the second-tier custodians is as wide as the Grand Canyon. With a combined asset base of over $2.5 trillion, the Big 4 would seem to have nothing to worry about from their small custodian peers. Yet, the many niche RIA custodians don’t seem to be […]

WealthManagement.com: What’s Riskalyze Building?

WealthManagement.com: What’s Riskalyze Building?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Industry Analysis

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed”. When science-fiction writer William Gibson came up with this maxim in the early 1990’s, he was referring to how technological advances are unevenly spread across the globe. The same holds true for technological advances across the fintech space. Take Riskalyze for example. When the company was […]

How Envestnet | Yodlee’s Startup Incubator Nurtures Data-Driven Innovators

How Envestnet | Yodlee’s Startup Incubator Nurtures Data-Driven Innovators

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Industry Analysis

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments to you make, the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson The startup game is not for the faint of heart.  While there are thousands of new companies being launched by bright-eyed entrepreneurs every year, only a small percentage will turn out to be successful. This is especially true in the […]

Oranj Leapfrogs Robo-Platforms With TradeWarrior Acquisition

Oranj Leapfrogs Robo-Platforms With TradeWarrior Acquisition

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Industry Analysis, Technology

It is a great time to be an independent RIA.  At least when it comes to technology.  There seems to be an endless supply of tools for automating, optimizing and generally improving the efficiency of an advisory firm’s operations. This is especially true in what we like to call the robo-platform or digital advice space.  Innovative companies […]

Pershing Looks to Natixis to Help Them Catch Envestnet in UMA

Pershing Looks to Natixis to Help Them Catch Envestnet in UMA

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Industry Analysis

Unified Managed Accounts (UMA) never achieved the expected market domination or lived up to the peak hype that existed before the financial crisis.  Now, it is just another managed account program, alongside Separately Managed Accounts (SMA), Mutual Fund Wrap (MFW), Rep-as-Advisor (RAA) and Rep-as-PM (RPM).  While UMA currently holds only around 12% of all advisory assets, according […]

How RIA’s Can Survive the Wild West of Roboadvisor Technology – Kitces

How RIA’s Can Survive the Wild West of Roboadvisor Technology – Kitces

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Industry Analysis

In the 1966 spaghetti Western, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Clint Eastwood plays one of three gunslingers competing to find fortune in a buried cache of Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of the American Civil War. Each of the three have only partial information about the gold’s location, so they have to work together if […]

The Top 10 WMToday Posts from 2016

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Industry Analysis

Craig’s Note: I love these summary articles because they’re a great way to re-purpose content while providing you, our loyal readers, with a handy overview of the year gone by.  Robo-Advisors are still a hot topic, although I believe a B2C shakeup is likely in 2017.  Portfolio rebalancing tools have been a staple on this blog since it started. […]

4 Career Tips from Successful Women in FinTech

4 Career Tips from Successful Women in FinTech

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Industry Analysis

There is a curious trend an observant mind will notice while scanning the halls of any wealth management conference. In most rooms, less than 15 percent of the crowd are women. Despite ongoing efforts, bringing larger numbers of women into the financial advisory fields has been challenging. FinTech has been no exception. Despite the sector’s power […]

Question of the Month: Ensuring DOL Compliance

Question of the Month: Ensuring DOL Compliance

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Industry Analysis

For much of the past year, the wealth management industry has alternately dreaded and lamented the DOL Fiduciary Standard rule. With the DOL legislation now behind us, how can broker-dealers successfully adjust their business strategy? This question was posed to us recently when a large, independent broker dealer (IBD) was in need of a corporate […]

Wealthfront Revs Up With AI, But Is Still Running on Fumes

Wealthfront Revs Up With AI, But Is Still Running on Fumes

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Industry Analysis

Wealthfront finds itself facing a cloudy future as its fifth anniversary nears, thanks to the dust that its bigger rivals, Vanguard and Schwab, and its disruptive competitor, Betterment, are leaving in their wake. The robo-advisor just announced a collection of new features that they hope will right the ship and get their asset growth back on […]